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Position Coaches of the Year nominations

Today, FootballScoop.com announces the opening of our nominations process for the third annual “Coaches of the Year” awards that will recognize 15 different position coaches in college football. 

Nominations are due no later than Wednesday, November 24th.  Finalists will be announced beginning Monday November 29th.

To nominate a coach, please email [email protected] (note that nominations are only accepted from coaches, football administrators and football operations staff).  All nominations will remain confidential.     

“The FootballScoop set of awards is unique from other “Coach of the Year” awards in that there is no other outlet that focuses on position coaches and coordinators; whereas nearly every other “Coach of the Year” award is solely for a Head Coach.  Additionally, to be considered for our awards, a coach has to have been nominated by one of his peers”, said Scott Roussel, President of FootballScoop. 

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“We’re pleased to be joining FootballScoop in presenting these awards.  Our business is thriving in part because we partner with coaches to build great teams; we see these awards as an opportunity to recognize great coaches who have exhibited what it takes to build great teams” said Matt Thompson, President of SpeedTracs. 

A panel of current and former coaches along with prior recipients of the awards will evaluate the finalists will select the winners.   Internet voting will begin once the Finalists have been announced and will be considered; however the Panel has final decision over the awards.

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Urban on App State: This isn't some clown show now. This is a good team.

Man…the Gators are 84th nationally in total offense and 50th in scoring offense. 

Today, as he begins to prepare his team for App State, Meyer reminded the media, "This isn't some clown show now.  This is a good team."

App State is coming off a 43-13 drumming of the #4 ranked team in D1-AA, Wofford.  The Moutaineers are scoring 37 points per game, which ranks 4th nationally in D1-AA.

Yesterday, Meyer said, "My whole focus is making sure that team sticks together. You see it across college football where it disintegrates, and I can't let that happen. … The message was real clear after the game. That was a crushed, crushed group.”

In regards to the 36-14 loss to South Carolina, Meyer stated, "Our special teams and defense played their hearts out. We had no momentum at all on offense, we couldn't get that thing to go. All the tempo and everything we worked so hard on for the last three weeks, it was like it went backward to where we were. So we've got a lot of work to do, but the key message is stick together.”

Isn’t it amazing that Texas and Florida will likely combine for only 11 wins in this regular season?

At 6-4, Urban Meyer’s team will close out the season by hosting Appalachian State, before traveling to Tallahassee to play FSU.


Bronco explains Cougars significant improvement

BYU didn’t start out the season 1-4, but Bronco Mendenhall has the Cougars now 5-5 with remaining games against New Mexico and at Utah.

We watched the Bronco Mendenhall Show and the Cougars’ head coach said,  “There is no one, myself included, that will ever underestimate how much work it has taken.   For anyone to say says it’s random or lucky or happens to answer by chance, they have no idea what’s going on how hard we are working as a staff or players to reach our potential.  Only the players on this team know how hard we’ve had to work to get out of that hole.” 

Mendenhall also credited quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman for the tremendous improvement of true freshman QB Jake Heaps.

“Jake has tremendous potential and he came prepared at level that I haven’t seen from any freshman.  We struggled early with a very difficult schedule and a coach, in myself, that was trying to decipher between quarterbacks and limiting reps and probably dividing his productivity.  I think he is really doing a nice job, but I also think Coach Doman is having a huge influence on Jake and he is being tutored, I think, by one of the best there is.” 

Coach Doman has a great film-breakdown segment during the show.  You can watch it here, starting at the 6 minute mark.

Kiffin says reality is starting to soak in about no bowl, compares Pac-10 and SEC

After defeating Arizona 24-14, USC is now 7-3 under Lane Kiffin.   The Trojans have three games remaining, but Kiffin admitted that reality is starting to soak in that the Trojans won’t be playing in a bowl.

Kiffin said, “As I mentioned after the game, obviously it’s unfortunate, especially for our seniors, to have the bowl game taken away from them.  I used the word sad.  And it is pretty sad.  As we get closer to that, it becomes more of a reality.  You see it.  You look at them.  We motivate them just for the remaining games without the benefit at the end of it.  So we’re going to do our best coaching.”

Kiffin was asked to compare the Pac-10 this year against the SEC last year.

“I think last year was a great year in the SEC, you can tell that by the draft.  Obviously, Alabama won the national championship.  Florida lost to them.  That was kind of similar with two teams at the top. The SEC was the best conference in the country last year…the rankings show that, the power ranking and the draft shows that huge as you go back and study the draft. This year, for whatever reason, the SEC is a little down with some teams.  Now, the power ranking show the PAC-10 is best conference and it feels like that.   So, great timing for us (my coaching staff).”

USC travels to Oregon State, hosts Notre Dame, and finished at UCLA. 

In the meantime, Ed Orgeron exploded when USC's sports information department didn't credit USC will a blocked field goal against Arizona.  The film showed the ball was tipped, so the USC sports information director has made a correction to the stats that will appear next week.  Orgeron is known to take a tiny bit of pride in field goal block.  His "explosion" has not been confirmed.

Schiano: Whether it's play-calling or playing, whatever it is, we didn't do it

Rutgers is 4-5 with games remaining against Cincinnati (A), Rutgers (H), and West Virginia (A). 

Coming off a disappointing 13-10 loss at home to Syracuse, head coach Greg Schiano said, "Whether it's play-calling, whether it's playing, whatever it is, we didn't do it. There's plenty of theories to go around, I'm sure. I have plenty of thoughts of my own. But we need to get that done."

The Scarlet Knights have struggled to run the ball outside of their Wildcat package.

Schiano said, "I thought we ran the ball more effectively than we have all season. Sometimes people say the Wildcat doesn't count because (it's not a conventional) running game. But if that's how you choose to run the ball then that is your run-game. (Saturday) that's how we chose to run it."

Another 4 sacks allowed on Saturday brings the season total to 39.  Rutgers ranks 120th nationally in sacks allowed with 4.33 per game.

"That's not acceptable. And that's been an issue we've had all season," said Schiano.

Kick-off on Saturday at Cincinnati is set for 7:30 pm EST. 

Mike Riley talks about dismal season for Beavers

Oregon State is 4-5 on the season after suffering a 31-14 home loss to Washington State.

It doesn’t get any easier for head coach Mike Riley.  The Beavers play USC, at Stanford, and host Oregon to finish the season.

Riley says, “There’s going to be talk about bowl eligibility and I suggested we don’t even worry about that until we just take care of business. We’ve just got to try and win a game and then we’ll see what happens after that.’’

“We didn’t execute. We had breakdowns in just about every phase whether it was run defense, pass defense, run blocking, decision making, route-running, alignment. … I mean, it was total.’’

“The rhythm, the confidence of which we played a couple weeks ago compared to yesterday was worse than night and day.’’

“It’s probably not saying it harshly enough, but it’s like we’re in just a dang slump. We’ve got to get out of it. It’s a spiral.’’

 “We’ve had three games where all of us didn’t do our job and we lost them all, and (Saturday) was the worst of them. We’re in a hole we have to dig ourselves out of it. There’s no other way to say it. Everybody knows it.’’

Patterson hypes Aztecs, brings up Auburn's brutal defense

Gary Patterson, who is likely aware that Herbstreit is pushing Boise State, is now defending the Horned Frogs 40-35 win over San Diego State.  

Patterson said, "I was telling people all week [how good the Aztecs are]. They're probably going to end up 9-3 and go to the Poinsettia Bowl and probably win it. But there's no doubt it's our fault that we allowed it to happen. But no one said anything about Auburn allowing however many points they allowed."

Really, coach?  Are you talking about the same Aztecs that defeated New Mexico 30-20 and defeated Colorado State 24-19?  Are you talking about the San Diego State team that lost to BYU?

Come on, GP.  The Aztecs most impressive win this season comes against a 7-4 Air Force team.

“ESPN is already putting the seed in that the BCS doesn't have to take two non-automatic qualifying schools to a BCS game," said Patterson.

"That's the only thing I'd question is we played without our starting tailback and other people. The bottom line is people just looked at the score and didn't look at who was out. People are going to vote the way they want to vote."

For the record GP, we think you would battle anyone to the wire in a national championship game.  We're just on you for hyping SDSU. 

Dabo strongly defends his offensive coordinator

Dabo Swinney stood up for his offensive coordinator Billy Napier during a Sunday teleconference.

After losing a number of players to the NFL (y’all ever heard of Spiller or Jacoby Ford?), Napier has received plenty of criticism from Clemson fans for a struggling offense.  The Tigers have dipped to 82nd nationally in scoring offense and 89th nationally in total offense.

It doesn’t help either when your dynamic starting tailback Andre Ellington has missed the past few games with an injury.  Nor does it help when your placekickers are 7 of 14 on the season.

Swinney explained, "Billy Napier is a heck of a football coach, and we are lucky to have Billy Napier. He is a great person. He coaches his guys and puts everything he has into it. He is very prepared and very detailed. He is the same coordinator that we had last year when we scored more points than any team in Clemson history.”

“We are just missing a few little things this year and misfiring on a couple of opportunities. I can assured you that nobody wants to win more. I don't pay any attention to what some people on a message board may say. That is totally irrelevant to what reality is.”

“Yes it is easy say they are 5-5 and you are not happy about that and you got to put the blame on somebody. The blame goes to me. I am the head coach. I've got quality people on this staff, quality coaches who are working extremely hard who are doing everything they can to put these guys in position to win. There will come a time where we'll look back at this and we'll say, 'Wow, we've made a lot of progress.' And that's what I'm looking forward to."  

Clemson is 5-5 with games remaining at Wake Forest and against South Carolina.